WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. service member was killed in Afghanistan throughout fight operations, the NATO-led Resolute Help mission mentioned in a press release on Friday, as the US seeks to achieve a negotiated finish to the almost 18-year-old battle.
It mentioned the service member died throughout operations on Thursday and withheld the identify till subsequent of kin had been knowledgeable and didn’t present particulars of how the loss of life occurred.
The most recent loss of life brings the variety of American troops killed in Afghanistan this yr to 15. Two U.S. service members had been killed simply over every week in the past.
President Donald Trump mentioned on Thursday that U.S. troop ranges in Afghanistan had been being lowered to eight,600 however that American forces would stay within the nation even when Washington reaches an settlement with the Taliban to finish the battle.
Some 14,000 U.S. service members are presently in Afghanistan.
The Taliban mentioned on Wednesday it was near a “ultimate settlement” with U.S. officers on a deal that will see U.S. forces withdraw from Afghanistan in trade for a pledge that the nation wouldn’t develop into a haven for different Islamist militant teams.
The US invaded Afghanistan in 2001 and ousted its Taliban leaders after they refused at hand over members of the al Qaeda militant group behind the Sept. 11 assault on the World Commerce Middle and the Pentagon.
Reporting by Idrees Ali; modifying by Jonathan Oatis and Alistair Bell